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Kelechi Osemele wants to stay at guard, but comfortable at left tackle too

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When General Manager Ozzie Newsome last addressed the status of the Ravens’ left tackle spot, he said that the team was going to roll with Kelechi Osemele if Bryant McKinnie does not wind up re-signing with the team.

Osemele says that he’s comfortable with the move since he played left tackle in college before playing right tackle and left guard for the Ravens after they picked him in the second round last season. His comfort with the position doesn’t mean that it would be the first choice, however. He said moving to guard was “a natural move” that suited his build and playing style well and that he’d like to see the team bring McKinnie back into the fold.

“I’d love to have him back here,” Osemele said, via the team’s website. “He’s a great asset to our team, he’s a powerful weapon to have, especially with the both of us on the same side. If we could repeat that, that would be good. But I trust Ozzie and those guys, they know what they’re doing.”

Osemele’s versatility is a tool that Newsome figures to use to his advantage as he puts the pieces of the offensive line in place. There won’t likely be any movement on the McKinnie front until after the draft, so it’s worth watching to see if any Ravens picks tip the hand toward their ultimate decision.

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9 Responses to “Kelechi Osemele wants to stay at guard, but comfortable at left tackle too”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 24, 2013 9:04 AM

    Dude looks too svelte to fill McKinnie’s fat shoes. Should be an adequate turnstile for Woodley & co.

  2. southpaw2k says: Apr 24, 2013 9:07 AM

    I’d really love to see the Ravens take either Menelik Watson or Terron Armstead in the second round to play left tackle long term, though they’d likely have to trade up in order to take either of those guys. They have the picks to do it, but it’s a question of whether Ozzie wants to pull the trigger.

  3. ravensdominate says: Apr 24, 2013 9:22 AM

    Just another great draft pick by Ozzie.

  4. bmorelikeme says: Apr 24, 2013 9:38 AM

    I’m hoping it’s just a predraft smokescreen that we aren’t interested in a LT.

    I’m never a fan of moving someone from a position where the can potentially be dominant for a long time to somewhere where they may be above average.

  5. ahostiletakeover says: Apr 24, 2013 10:30 AM

    Right crownofthehelmet, because Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert are gonna be stonewalling Suggs and Dumervil all day too…

    The bottom line is Osemele, Adams, and Gilbert are all very solid prospects with plenty of room to grow and improve, all 3 can potentially be great if they keep working at it. That’s called being objective friend, something trolls cannot even begin to comprehend.

  6. morganstan100 says: Apr 24, 2013 10:39 AM

    Woodley is going to wish this guy was born in Japan and took up Sumo wrestling instead of spending his Sundays flipping Woodley and Co. on their respective backsides. Yikes!

  7. lovefootball4life says: Apr 24, 2013 11:11 AM

    This time of year we have to question every move by a team as a smoke screen. Would Ravens saying they’ll move KO to LT be a screen that they don’t want people to know they’ll be looking for a LT early in the draft? Clearly KO would like to stay at guard so maybe he’s not in on it. Let’s just get the draft underway already so we can figure out how all the other puzzle pieces fall.

  8. si1m says: Apr 24, 2013 1:19 PM

    Ko pick 60 >>>> decastro pick 24. Don’t even have to mention Adams. Ouch too soon?

  9. randallflagg52 says: Apr 25, 2013 5:18 AM

    KO will go down as one of the biggest steals of the 2012 draft.

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